I was at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday night to see The Impressions and a review of them will follow, but I wanted to kick off with a proper mention for support act Vintage Trouble. I’d heard enough of them to want to get there in time to see their set and that was definitely a good move, because I’ve rarely seen such an amazing performance by a support band in my gig-going life.
They only got together last year, but there was no sign of a lack of experience or confidence as Nalle Colt, Rick Barrio Dill, Richard Danielson strolled onto the stage, dressed in suits and hats (well, two out of three anyway) and with long hair/beards that made them look like Kings Of Leon. They launched into an instrumental that wouldn’t seem out of place at an Allman Bros gig, and it was awesome, but where was lead singer Ty Taylor?
Waiting to make an entrance, of course, and he certainly did that, swaggering on looking and dressed like a young James Brown (or any other soul legend from the 50s/early 60s) and immediately grabbed the attention of everyone in the room with both his astonishing energy and his incredible voice. Dancing and yelping like James, and emoting like Otis, Ty is 100% star quality.
He hasn’t exactly come out of the blue, and that’s very evident from his stage presence. He’s appeared in Broadway musicals and tried out for the job of INXS singer on their reality TV show, as well as touring with the likes of Tina Turner as the lead singer of a band called Dakota Moon. So it was no surprise that he was able to grab hold of the attention of an audience with an average age around 60 sitting in the often atmosphere-deficient Bridgewater Hall.
But none of that would matter if the music wasn’t right, and Vintage Trouble’s songs are enough to grab attention on their own. Amongst the highlights were Blues Hand Me Down, Gracefully, Still And Always Will and Nobody Told Me. I missed them on Later With Jools Holland, but apparently they caused quite a stir and they certainly did last night. My only regret was not having any cash on me, so I couldn’t get a signed CD…
They’re in the UK pretty much all summer and I’d advise anyone going to see Bon Jovi on tour later this month to get there early. Vintage Trouble will make it worth your while.